UPDATED SUNDAY: A West Bay man who police said shot and killed another man, hid in a nearby home, fired shots at armed officers from inside that home and then took four family members – including two children and a bedridden elderly lady – hostage, surrendered to police late Saturday afternoon.
Police said none of the four hostages in the incident were physically injured in the ordeal.
The man who was shot outside the Super C restaurant on Watercourse Road was identified by family members and friends as Mark “Hubba” Seymour. The shooting around 3:20 p.m. Saturday resulted from a domestic dispute, according to Royal Cayman Islands Police Commissioner Derek Byrne.
Mr. Seymour was rushed to hospital following the shooting and was pronounced dead a short while later.
Meanwhile, RCIPS armed officers responding to the crime scene were fired upon, Mr. Byrne said. None was injured and officers formed a protective cordon around the area, calling in additional units for assistance, he said.
The suspect, who is not being identified because he had not been charged with a crime as of Sunday morning, then barricaded himself in the home, refusing to let the other four people inside leave.
“A hostage situation occurred in the house, two adults and two children were held against their will,” Mr. Byrne said during a Saturday night press conference at West Bay Police Station. Mr. Byrne said the situation could have gone south rapidly, but for the keen efforts of a 911 call-taker who had made contact with the suspect and “kept him on the phone” while police officers dealt with the situation.
The 911 center actually initiated contact with the suspect and maintained contact with others in the house throughout the incident, police said.
The suspect made a request to speak to a specific RCIPS officer whom he knew. That officer, who had taken Saturday off to be with his family, came back to work to speak with the armed suspect, eventually convincing him to surrender. “Shortly before 6 p.m., the suspect surrendered to that officer,” Mr. Byrne said.
A firearm was recovered from inside the home, police said.
The suspect was seen in handcuffs by dozens of onlookers who gathered to watch the scene unfold outside the West Bay home.
A number of curses were hurled at the suspect by family members gathered at the crime scene, but they were kept well away from the arrested man.
Police took the man into custody and transported him to the police detention center by Fairbanks prison for questioning.
The police commissioner said patrols would be stepped up in the West Bay area for the next few days, given the heightened tensions observed at the crime scene Saturday.
The family members who were held as hostages were under the care of the RCIPS Family Support Unit Saturday, Mr. Byrne said.